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SWINDON TOWN: Grayson hails tactical success
PRESTON manager Simon Grayson was delighted with the way his players snuffed out the creative talents of Swindon Town’s midfield in their 2-1 victory on Saturday.
The Lilywhites dominated the middle of the park in the League One clash at the County Ground, as Swindon were unable to deal with their hosts’ five-man midfield and their sheer physicality in and out of possession.
The visitors paid the price, with Iain Hume’s 10th-minute opener and Jay McEveley’s own goal enough to secure all the points for North End.
Grayson told www.pnefc.net: “For 75 minutes I thought we were very good, I thought we dominated the game with and without the ball.
“The one good thing about the players that they did today was that they carried out the instructions again because Swindon are a good footballing team.
“We knew we had to stop them from playing and the players worked extremely hard to not allow them to get into their routine of playing and when we played I thought we looked very good.
“But the players got a little bit complacent after 75 minutes, a little bit tired; you can maybe forgive them because of what they’ve done previously, but a good result against a very good team.
“We have different types of ways of winning football matches, I thought the front three were a real handful, up to Kevin Davies who we all know what he is going to do, Stuart Beavon and Iain Hume had great movement and great link up play, the two midfield players dominated as well and the wide players in the wing back positions were a constant threat as well and we limited them to very few opportunities.
“It is high up there in how we have played in the past, but we can only affect today and we‘ve played very well.
“I’d like to give our players a lot of credit for how panicked and rushed some of Swindon’s defending was because we asked them to do that.
“We asked them to do that because Swindon have got players who are comfortable on the ball, so if you are working them and putting them under pressure and they are making mistakes, then you must be doing something right and I think that was probably epitomised by the second goal when we worked and pressed them and it ended up being an own goal.
“I think when you look over the course of the game we worked some great positions and just couldn’t finish the game off.
“The last five, ten minutes was a little bit of edgy stuff and we could quite easily have conceded another goal, but I’m delighted with the result to keep the unbeaten run going.”
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